Godspeed You! Black Emperor is pissed

Godspeed You! Black Emperor (photo credit: This image, which was originally posted to Flickr.com, was uploaded to Commons using Flickr upload bot on 19:02, 6 November 2007 (UTC) by Kved)

And they should be. Now let’s do something about it.

But I get ahead of myself.

A long time ago, I owned some of Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s (GYBE) singles. They were haunting pieces that I loved. A lot. That was 10 years ago I think. Maybe more. I can’t even remember the titles, although I can remember the haunting feeling they left in me.

Today, this Quebeker band enjoys a large cult following. They’re damn good artists too. Maybe that’s why  they won the 2013 Polaris Prize for their album “‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!”. Congrats guys.

But what I’m especially thankful for is what happened after the show. Known for their political statements it wasn’t a surprise that they no-showed the awards gala. What was a surprise (it also made news) was the statement the band made in their absence:

“…holding a gala during a time of austerity and normalized decline is a weird thing to do….asking the toyota motor company to help cover the tab for that gala, during a summer where the melting northern ice caps are live-streaming on the internet, IS FUCKING INSANE, and comes across as tone-deaf to the current horrifying malaise….our country is fucked.”

Canadians are well-known for being nice. The band’s statement is full of typical Canadian niceties. That said, quote above highlights just some of the terse words the band had to say in pointing out the gala’s blatant ironies.

GYBE’s is not the only organization to come out and say what I think most of us are feeling deep inside. But the blatant nature of their statement highlights the frustration I think many people have about those who go on living status quo lives while our system increasingly shows signs, not only of failure, but also signs that it is against us.

I don’t need to characterize how, in GYBE’s words, we’re being fucked by our system. You know this already. What you may not know is there’s a viable alternative system that’s just waiting for America adopt. Adopting it will instantly chart a new course for our country. A course I believe leads to a better America. One that is free of all the BS we tolerate.

Better performance across the board. That’s what Copiosis economies mean for countries that adopt it. Better performance in providing for stable and healthy families. Better performance in creating stronger communities, including the national community. Better performance in creating strong literally unbeatable businesses. The list goes on and on.

I know, I haven’t on the site provided the details about how Copiosis economies work or how American could make the transition. That is coming. When that time comes, I urge you to learn about Copiosis, ask questions. Share it with your friends.

We all are pretty fed up with how things are going. Now, let’s do something about it.


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